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2020-2021 Board Officers
Foundation Board President
Lance and his family have lived in the Linn-Mar District for fifteen years. He grew up in Fredericksburg, Iowa, and later graduated from Coe College and the University of Iowa. Today, Lance works for Collins Aerospace and lives with his wife Julie and two kids, Sadie, a college student and Chase, who attend Linn-Mar High School. In his free time, Lance likes to travel and exercise. He is often told that he looks remarkably like Woody Harrelson, (we will let you decide for yourself!), and he also enjoys quality time with his family and friends. Lance became involved in the Linn-Mar Foundation because he was interested in becoming more involved in the local community. In the years to come, he wishes to see more of the same continue, giving the district’s students greater opportunities to become prepared for what lies ahead.
Farmers State Bank
Treasury Management Officer
Foundation Past Board President
Something that many people do not know about Shelley is that she used to own a gym and it started her on a health and wellness journey she still enjoys today! Shelley has only been in the Linn-Mar District for the last five years, but has really been enjoying her time helping improve the school district that her children attend. “I enjoy working with the Linn-Mar Foundation because education is the critical component for the future of our children. The Foundation has had the opportunity to fund essential projects to support educational excellence, our teachers and our schools”. She lives with her husband Brandon, and they have three children, Colyns and Addyson, who attend Echo Hill, and Anders who be attending Linn-Mar schools in the years to come. Shelley is originally from Dyersville, Iowa, and received her Undergraduate Degrees in Business Administration and Finance/Real Estate as well as an MBA from Tippie College of Business through the University of Iowa. She now is the Treasury Management Officer for Farmers State Bank.
Hillcrest Holdings, Inc.
Foundation Board Treasurer
Megan grew up in Marion and is a proud Linn-Mar graduate! She went to college at Boston College for her Undergraduate Degree before attending the University of Iowa. Today, Megan is the Tax Director for Hillcrest Holdings, Inc. , and says she spends most of her free time keeping up with her busy family. Megan and her husband Mike have three children, Maeve, Nolan, and Margot, and when she finds some time to herself, she enjoys traveling, going on bike rides, and trying new restaurants in the area. Something many people don’t know about Megan is that her intramural girls’ basketball team at Boston College won their championship game, that was played during the halftime of the men’s (who were then ranked 4th in the nation) basketball game against Rutgers. Megan is passionate about supporting the students within the Linn-Mar District because, “ I benefited tremendously from the top-notch education and activities that Linn-Mar offered and I want to ensure that our future generations will as well.”
Business Development Operations Specialist
Foundation Board Secretary
Missy has spent the last twenty five years in the Linn-Mar District! She grew up here in Marion, and now continues to live here with her husband Trent, and her children Blake and Ellie who both attend Oak Ridge. Missy graduated from Mount Mercy University and now she works at Rockwell Collins. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, as well as watching sports. Missy is a self-proclaimed sports nut, she loves baseball, football, and basketball. She and her husband are both alumni of Linn-Mar High School and now their children also attend Linn-Mar. This connection caused her to become a part of the Linn-Mar Foundation to allow her to continue to support the district and make it the best experience possible for her kids and all students to come.
Board Directors and Staff
Regional Vice President
A graduate of Linn-Mar’s Class of 2006, Jason joined the Linn-Mar Foundation board in 2017. He and his wife Hayley live in Marion and Jason is Regional VP of Primerica in Hiawatha. As a student athlete at Linn-Mar, Jason was named “Mr. Basketball”, Gatorade Player of the Year and three year Iowa Newspaper Association All State first team selection and set many school and state records while on the court for the Lions. He went on to play basketball for Wisconsin and in Germany. Jason appreciates the outstanding level of educational excellence in the district and wanted to be involved in his alma mater who gave so much to him and his family.
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Joining our Foundation board in 2018, Matt and his wife Ann have three daughters who attend Linn-Mar schools. Proud of the excellent education students receive in our district, Matt wants to support our classrooms & teachers by helping provide additional resources to benefit all students. Matt attended Coe College earning a B.S. in Education and Mt Mercy University graduating with a Management/Marketing degree. He is an Agency Manager with Farm Bureau Financial Services and spends his time as a volunteer coach and Junior Achievement volunteer. In his down time, Matt can be heard cheering loudly for the Duke Blue Devils, coaching youth AAU basketball, exercising and taking in all of his children’s activities and events.
Terry, Lockridge & Dunn, Inc.
Partner / Managing Director
Barry was raised in Iowa City, Iowa and is a BIG Hawkeye fan! He graduated from Wartburg College, and now is an Accountant and Business Consultant for Terry, Lockridge & Dunn. For the last nineteen years, Barry and his family have lived in the Linn-Mar District; Barry and his wife Chris have three children, Zach and Alex, Linn-Mar graduates and current college students, and Jaycee who attends Linn-Mar High School. In his free time, he likes to golf and spend time with his family. Barry became a part of the Linn-Mar Foundation to assist in enhancing the educational opportunities for Linn-Mar students, and in the future he hopes to see the district continue to be a leader in forward thinking and STEM opportunities for students.
Chief Financial Officer
Born and raised in Marion, former Linn-Mar Lion, and local business owners, Jeremy and his wife Jennifer have two children who have attended Linn-Mar schools. A graduate of the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), Jeremy is CFO for Streb Construction and E & F Paving. They are also the owners of Busy Bee Learning Center just down the street from Linn-Mar High School. Don’t let the pocket protector fool you though, Jeremy enjoys his down time crushing it on the sand volleyball courts and making great picks in fantasy football! He states, “I want to be involved in the LM Foundation to give back to a school district that has been so great to me and my family. The future of the Foundation is to ensure it is evolving at the same rate as the district to help support the schools. I want to help it continue to grow with grace while helping the district maintain exceptional curriculum”
Agriculture & Commercial Financing
Dan grew up in New Hampton, Iowa and attended NIACC and received a BS in Agricultural Education from Iowa State and an MS in Educational Leadership from Drake. He and his wife Jennifer moved to the Linn-Mar district in 2007 and have two children, Carter who attends Oak Ridge middle school and Kate, Echo Hill Elementary.
He enjoys helping his customers as a Commercial and Agricultural Lender for Hills Bank and Trust in Marion and is involved in several community organizations and boards including, Marion Noon Lions Club, Linn-Mar Career and Technical Education Advisory Board and Kirkwood Agricultural Advisory Board. You can also find Dan on the court as an Assistant Basketball Coach for Marion Park and Rec Girls Basketball.
When we asked Dan why do you want to be involved he added, “I want to continue to support our youth and help add to the strong educational opportunities in our district that will make them be well-rounded citizens and set them up for success after high school.
Marion Chamber of Commerce
Director of Member Services
Tami grew up in Marion, Iowa and is a proud Linn-Mar graduate from the Class of 1993! Tami fondly recalls her time in the district highlighting the annual end of the year Luau at Indian Creek Elementary, participating in athletics and being member of the Linn-Mar band as her favorite memories at Linn-Mar. She attended Kirkwood Community College and received a BA in Marketing & Business Communications from UNI. Returning to Marion shortly after college, Tami and her husband Jason are very active in the community. They have two daughters attending Linn-Mar schools. Currently Tami supports the members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce as Director of Member Services, volunteers at Wilkins Elementary as a Junior Achievement volunteer, enjoys her down time with her family and friends and is an avid reader. Tami is also a closet rock star junkie, taking in as much live rock music as she can – who knew! When asked about being involved Tami stated, “I’m a proud alumnus and this is an opportunity for me to give back to my district. I believe in the opportunities the Foundation provides students and teachers and look forward to serving”
Vice President of Sales
Matt is a proud Linn-Mar alumnus and has many siblings and cousins who have called Linn-Mar home for decades. He graduated from the University of Iowa and today Matt and his wife Jenny are part of his family’s company Skogman Homes and reside in Marion. Outside the office, he is busy with two young children (future Lions), he enjoys spending time with friends, playing basketball, golf and traveling. When asked what he would like to see happen within the Linn-Mar District in the future, Matt says he would like to see Linn-Mar continue to be the area’s best school!
Tim is a proud alumnus from the class of 1993! Tim joined the Foundation board at the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. He is excited to be able to support the Foundation’s mission and help offer expanded opportunities for our students. Tim attended the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) and is a Regional Manager for Toynk Toys. He and his wife Lesley returned from the Chicago area to raise their family in Marion and attend Linn-Mar. They have two daughters who attend Novak Elementary. In his spare time, you can catch Tim sweating it out on the basketball or tennis court or reeling the fish in on a good day.
Linn-Mar District Superintendent, Ex-Officio Member
Shannon Bisgard began his role as Superintendent for the Linn-Mar Community Schools at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. He is certainly no stranger to our district and a very proud Linn-Mar Lion!
Shannon and his family came to Linn-Mar back in 2003, when he became the principal at Bowman Woods Elementary. In 2007, he was chosen to be the first principal at the new Linn Grove Elementary. His strong leadership and mentoring skills led him to the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA), where he was a Regional Administrator from 2013 to 2015. He returned to Linn-Mar in 2015, when he was named Associate Superintendent.
Previous in his education career Shannon was a 5th grade teacher and Middle School and High School coach in Newton, Iowa. He was also an elementary principal in Independence and Newton.
Shannon and his wife, Diane, are the parents of three children. Their youngest daughter was among the graduates of the Linn-Mar Class of 2018.
Shelley proudly serves as the Foundation’s Executive Director a position she has held since 2010. Her role includes many facets, fundraising, event planner, development, marketing, grant writing, donor relations, board development and much more. Shelley and her husband Jeff have lived in the Linn-Mar district since 2002 and have a son Jackson who graduated in 2018 and attends the University of Iowa and a daughter Olivia who is a senior at Linn-Mar. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Shelley graduated from Coe College with a degree in Business and Economics. A self described HGTV & DIY Network junkie, she enjoys dreaming she too can be Joanna Gaines. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her family and friends, bike riding, paddle boarding, reading, traveling, volunteering and taking in great community & music performances. Shelley is excited to be a part of an organization which helps further support the educational excellence we value in our district.
Administrative & Accounting Associate
Sheri was born and raised here in Marion and graduated from Marion High School where she attended “The Last One Ever”…if you are as old as she is and were from around here you understand this reference. Though it made it a little harder to put on the Linn-Mar Red and Black, she proudly wears it today! Sheri went on to graduate from The American Institute of Business with an AA in Executive Administration. She is the Office Administrator for the Cedar Rapids office of Farm Financial Strategies whilst also enjoying the opportunities here at the Linn-Mar Foundation.
Sheri and her husband, Mike, have lived in the Linn-Mar School District since 2002. They have 3 beautiful and BUSY children, Braedon, Noah and Scout. Sheri volunteered for many years at Linn Grove Elementary and served as Treasurer for the PTO. In her “free” time she loves running the kids around to their various activities, anything on Food Network TV and good times spent with friends and family.